Book Description :
Egan Wey is a pirate, a scoundrel and the luckiest son of a ...female canine that ever braved the ocean. A scarred past forces his mouth to the bottle and he is drawn to trouble like...well like he is drawn to the bottle. He does bad things for men who would rather not get their hands dirty, but one fateful night, in the corner of a lowlife's tavern he is offered a job by Finn Fernwrick, a young priest, that will not only challenge his skills but stretch his sanity to the breaking point.
What begins as a fairytale rescue quickly decays into a nightmare of epic proportion as Wey and Finn combat zombies, privateers and a psychotic despot prince. Can two men really save the world from drowning around them? Or will they drag every sorry excuse for a scallywag into the depths with them?
Dark Waters by L.E Fitzpatrick truly lives up to its description of " An Epic Pirate Adventure" in every sense of the word. Falling into the fantasy genre it is a unique story that will take you to the dark depths of humanity then to the heights of battles won, along with lots of blood, guts and swashbuckling adventure. This book is definitely for adults and not for the faint of heart. With its fair share of descriptive battle scenes and language that would make your grandmother blush, unless she is woman of the feared Fimorri Pirates!
I have always wanted to read a good story about Pirates and Dark Waters was the answer to my prayers. I have read a lot of wonderful books, but this novel grabbed hold of my desire for adventure and took me on a ride that I would gladly do all over again. This story follows Egan Wey, a Fimorri Pirate, Princess Adiah and Brother Fernwick as they battle against Adiah's evil brother Prince Conrad and his sick desire to rule the Islands. Not only are they in a battle for their lives but they are also in a battle for their own sanity. War rages between the pages of this story and these three are caught up in a life or death effort to save themselves and their people. We see the honor of the scallywags as they fight for those they love in their own twisted code of the sea.
The Characters in this tale are so well developed that the lines between main characters and supporting characters are blurred. My favorite Character was Egan Wey; there was so much beneath the surface of this pirate. His twisted sense of humor had me laughing and his darkness of soul that could only come from suffering things so terrible that I was in awe of his drive to survive. It is his background that sparks his relationship with Princess Adiah and their understanding of each other. We see a very interesting triangle between Wey, Adiah and Brother Fernwick that is filled with secrets and adventure. The Evil that threatens the Islands affects all walks of life and consumes them, leaving zombie like creatures driven to the point of madness in their quest for "The Red"(a drug). These creatures can be molded into killings machines that cannot be stopped.Truly terrifying stuff!
There are crews of supporting characters that add so much to the story, as I said before the lines were blurred as I felt the pain, loss and joy of their experiences. I am very impressed with how the author was able to create such characters and his ability to weave their stories together. The book moves at a very fast pace that halfway through I was amazed that there was more to come. This is not an easy read, for there are many plot lines to follow but this is what moves the story at a breakneck speed to an epic outcome. I have to mention the cover art work by Huw Hedges, who was able to incorporate key points to the story within his illustration, which I thought was brilliant!
I was truly sad to see the book end, and I hope there are more stories about Wey and his Fimorri Pirates on the Horizon. I enjoyed this book so much that I want to read it again to make sure I didn't miss anything! So with that said I give this book 5 Stars!
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Reviewed by Witchofthemists